NTSB Identification: ERA11CA283
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, May 03, 2011 in Fort Pierce, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2011
Aircraft: CESSNA 172P, registration: N5460K
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the student pilot, who was on his third solo flight, the airplane was stable on the final leg of the traffic pattern. He increased the pitch of the airplane and began to flare when the stall warning horn sounded. The student pilot then released the back pressure on the yoke to decrease pitch before the airplane impacted the runway, causing the nosewheel to bounce and buckle and the right rudder pedal to jam to the right. The airplane then veered off the right side of the runway, coming to rest in a grass apron. During the accident sequence the airplane incurred substantial damage to the firewall. During a subsequent examination of the wreckage, a Federal Aviation Administration inspector found no preexisting anomalies with the airplane, nor did the student pilot report any.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The student pilot's improper flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

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